Tim Lafai

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Tim Lafai
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Personal information
Full name Timoteo Lafai[1]
Born (1991-05-27) 27 May 1991 (age 26)
Suvai, Samoa
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb)
Playing information
Position Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2011–15 Canterbury Bulldogs 74 30 6 0 132
2016– St. George Illawarra 36 9 6 0 48
Total 110 39 12 0 180
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–17 Samoa 7 0 3 0 6
Source: [2]

Timoteo "Tim" Lafai (born 27 May 1991) is a Samoan professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the St. George Illawarra Dragons in the National Rugby League. A Samoan international representative, he plays at centre and previously played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

Early years[edit]

Born in Suvai, Samoa, Lafai moved to Auckland, New Zealand as a 6-year old before immigrating to Sydney, Australia as a 9-year old.[3] Lafai attended Sarah Redfern High School, graduating in 2009 while playing his junior football for the Minto Cobras and Campbelltown Warriors. In 2007, Lafai played for the Western Suburbs Magpies Harold Matthews team before being signed by the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Lafai played for the Rabbitohs SG Ball team and also played for the Campbelltown Eagles in the Bundaberg Red Cup.[4] After the 2009 season, Lafai signed a 1-year contract with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. Lafai played for the Bulldogs Toyota Cup team in 2010 and 2011, scoring 17 tries and 17 goals in 32 games.[5]

Playing career[edit]

Lafai playing for the Bulldogs in 2011


In Round 2 of the 2011 NRL season, Lafai made his NRL debut for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs against the South Sydney Rabbitohs filling in for the injured Josh Morris, scoring a try on debut in the Bulldogs 28-19 win at ANZ Stadium.[6] Lafai finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 8 matches and scoring 2 tries for the Bulldogs. On 8 September 2011, Lafai was named on the interchange bench in the 2011 Toyota Cup Team of the Year.[7]


Lafai returned to the Bulldogs first grade side in Round 5 filling in for the injured Steven Turner, scoring a try in the Bulldogs 46-12 win over the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium.[8] In Round 13 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Lafai suffered a dislocated right shoulder sidelining him for the rest of the year in the Bulldogs 23-18 win at ANZ Stadium.[9] Lafai played in 5 matches and scored 2 tries for the Bulldogs in the 2012 NRL season.


Lafai returned to the Bulldogs first grade side in Round 5 filling in the suspended Krisnan Inu in the centres in the Bulldogs 20-6 loss to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium.[10] Lafai played in 16 matches, scored 7 tries and kicked 1 goal for the Bulldogs in the 2013 NRL season. On 12 October 2013, Lafai was named in the Samoa 24-man squad for the 2013 World Cup,[11] playing in 3 matches. Lafai making his Samoa international debut against Papua New Guinea at centre in Samoa's 38-4 win at Craven Park.[12]


On 5 October 2014, in the Bulldogs 2014 NRL Grand Final match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Lafai played at centre in the Bulldogs 30-6 loss.[13][14] Lafai finished the Bulldogs 2014 NRL season as the club's highest tryscorer with 14 tries as well with him kicking 4 goals in 25 matches. On 7 October 2014, Lafai was selected in the Samoan 24-man squad for the 2014 Four Nations series.[15][16]


In August, it was rumoured that Lafai was going to sign with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles for the 2016 season to make way for Parramatta Eels player Will Hopoate at the Bulldogs, but that was later dismissed.[17][18] Lafai finished off the 2015 season having played in 20 matches, scoring 5 tries and kicking 1 goal.[19] On 11 December, he signed a 2-year contract with the St. George Illawarra Dragons starting in 2016, after being released from the final two years of his Bulldogs contract.[20]


In February, Lafai played for the Dragons in the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines.[21] In Round 1 of the 2016 NRL season, Lafai made his club debut for the St George Illawarra Dragons against the Melbourne Storm, playing at centre in the Dragons 18-16 loss at AAMI Park.[22] In Round 10 against the Canberra Raiders, Lafai scored his first club try for the St George Illawarra Dragons in the 16-12 golden point extra time win at Jubilee Oval.[23] On October 8, 2016, Lafai played for Samoa in their historical test match against Fiji in Apia.


  1. ^ "Lafai's from a Field of Dreams Come True". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  2. ^ "Timoteo Lafai - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  3. ^ "Tim Lafai Chooses Australia over New Zealand and Samoa". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  4. ^ "Lafai Ready to Take on Gaz". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120617175329/http://www.rleague.com//db/player/l/lafai_tim/index.php. Archived from the original on 17 June 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Tim Lafai Scores on NRL Debut for Bulldogs". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  7. ^ "Matt Russell Previews the Final Round of the Toyota Cup". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  8. ^ "Eels v Bulldogs". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  9. ^ David Sygall (2012-06-02). "Live: Canterbury Bulldogs v South Sydney Rabbitohs". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  10. ^ "Sea Eagles Surge Past Bulldogs 20-6". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  11. ^ "League: Samoa scrambling to confirm final World Cup squad - Rugby League - NZ Herald News". Nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  12. ^ "Samoa dominate against poor PNG - Rugby League - Eurosport Australia". Au.eurosport.com. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  13. ^ "Bulldogs Grand Final Player Ratings". NRL.com. 2014-10-05. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  14. ^ "Rabbitohs Win 2014 NRL Grand Final Defeating Bulldogs 30-6". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  15. ^ "Toa Samoa name Four Nations squad". NRL.com. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  16. ^ Zero Tackle (2014-10-07). "Toa Samoa name Four Nations squad | NRL". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  17. ^ Daniel Lane (2015-08-13). "Canterbury Bulldogs centre Tim Lafai shocked by Manly Sea Eagles switch speculation". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  18. ^ "Bulldogs Centre Tim Lafai Requests Release Ahead of Will Hopoate's arrival". Foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-13. 
  19. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-10-31. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  20. ^ "Dragons sign Tim Lafai | NRL". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2015-12-13. 
  21. ^ n (2016-01-29). "Dragons name 2016 Nines squad". Rugby League Week. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  22. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/storm/melbourne-storm-defeat-the-dragons-1816-at-aami-park/news-story/3f45ed468af51012df6c60a6182d7d86
  23. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-match-report/st-george-illawarra-dragons-seal-dramatic-win-over-canberra-raiders-in-the-darkness-20160512-gotzna.html

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